eu·​tha·​nize | \ ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz How to pronounce euthanize (audio) \
variants: or less commonly euthanatize \ yü-​ˈtha-​nə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce euthanatize (audio) \
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing

Definition of euthanize

transitive verb

: to subject to euthanasia

Examples of euthanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest death occurred last Sunday when a 2-year-old filly hurt her right front leg in a race, an injury severe enough the track veterinarian decided to euthanize her. Beth Harris,, "Horse racing’s tragic, wild ride culminates at Breeders’ Cup," 31 Oct. 2019 Because of the severity of the injury, Stead made the decision to euthanize the horse, according to a statement from The Stronach Group, which owns the track. CBS News, "36th horse dies at Santa Anita racetrack since December," 28 Oct. 2019 Track veterinarians were immediately on site and made the decision to euthanize the horse on the track. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Trojans stumble against Washington," 29 Sep. 2019 The Smiths had used the same company to euthanize, cremate and memorialize their 13-year-old beagle Bailey just a month before adopting Dixie., "Couple sues pet cremation company over handling of their dog’s remains," 14 Aug. 2019 Officials said Morse’s false representations led his customers to pay thousands more in veterinary bills to treat or euthanize their pets. Danny Mcdonald,, "Shrewsbury man barred from selling dogs, must pay $480,000 to customers," 5 Aug. 2019 The authorities decided to euthanize the entire family. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Mink the bear was sent 100 miles away. She returned home anyway," 27 June 2019 While most research facilities need to euthanize primates to examine their tissues, technological advances, such as brain scans, mean fewer monkeys need to be put down. Carrie Antlfinger, Fox News, "More research monkeys retire when studies finish," 13 June 2019 Animal shelters can’t take in stray or unwanted animals solely to euthanize them for research facilities or sell animals for research or experimentation. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of euthanize

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for euthanize

Greek euthanatos

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12 Nov 2019

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transitive verb
eu·​tha·​nize | \ ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz\
variants: also euthanatize \ yu̇-​ˈthan-​ə-​ˌtīz \
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing

Medical Definition of euthanize

: to subject to euthanasia the dog was euthanized at the owner's request

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